The Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls

AIP Cinnamon Rolls
 It has been a while since I last posted on this blog….in fact it has been quite awhile! I am hopping to change that though and am now making it my goal to post once a week, which I think is quite feasible. A lot has happened since march of this past year and I will not even begin to describe it all. Let’s just say it has been a very productive, fun, busy, relaxing, and crazy spring and summer. Being away from blogging and photography for so long makes me forget how much I missed doing it. Even though I wasn’t posting much I still did plenty experimentation including triumphs of deliciousness and total disasters.
Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls
 You will notice that the title of this recipe is “The Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls” and you may be wondering what in the world is AIP? Well let me explain…AIP stands for Autimmune Paleo or Autoimmune Protocol and can be either one. AIP is a specific diet and lifestyle designed specifically for healing autoimmune disease. Many may not know that I have psoriasis, and autoimmune disease where patches of dry, flaky, and sometimes itchy scaly of skin pop up in specific areas of the body. Conventional treatment has always been to apply steroid creams or injections to make the dry skin go away. However, that method is only treating the surface of the problem and not the source, because it is the easy route for the doctors and puts money in drug company’s wallets (that’s my opinion anyways). Also, many treatments are focused on managing the symptoms.
Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls
I am not a doctor and I do not claim to be, but many conventional medicines are not good for the body in the long, especially steroids when one can choose the holistic route for treatment.  There has been extensive research done on autoimmunity and the specific cause which has deemed to be leaky gut. There are numerous resources in the Paleo world that describe leaky gut, autoimmunity and how to heal through the autoimmune protocol. These resources state the same science based facts about how to heal leaky gut through food and how the immune system and gut are linked. Not can one heal leaky gut through diet, but many other ailments can also be healed through diet. There are countless testimonials of individuals who have changed their diet/lifestyle and found healing to illnesses that many doctors would prescribe medication for. I’ve done it with a bacterial overgrowth and I’ve even know people who have beat cancer, just by changing their diet. FOOD IS THAT POWERFUL!Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls
 It as been a year and half since I began eating paleo/primal and noticed an overall improvement in my health and energy. It was just only a month ago I began my AIP journery.  So what does AIP entail? It basically eliminates all major allergens and any irritants to the gut. The paleo diet/lifestyle is taken a step further to eliminate more food types and include eggs, nuts, seeds (cocoa, coffee, and seed based spices), nightshades (white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet and hot peppers, pepper spices), gluten cross reactive foods, alcohol, NSAIDS (aspirin and ibuprofen) while already also eliminating grains, legumes, dairy,refined vegetable oils, and refined sugar. AIP also focus on adding foods that are healing to the gut like fatty fish, liver, certain amino acids, fermented vegetables, bone broth, grass-fed gelatin, grass-fed collagen.

Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls

Leaky gut is just as it sounds. A damaged small intestine lining  (damaged by grains, legumes, and dairy) that allows food particles, toxins, wastes and proteins to enter the blood stream causing a autoimmune reaction. I  like how Dr. Sarah Ballantyne PhD explains leaky gut and the Autoimmune Protocol and think that she does a fantastic job explaining the aspects in detail so I will link her resources down below. After the allergens and irritants are eliminated from the diet the gut can begin to heal. Once healed, these eliminated foods can be added back in slowly to see which can be tolerated and which cannot.This whole process can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 or more years.

Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls
Here are more resources I have compiled for you to further explore and learn about leaky gut, autoimmunity, and the autoimmune protocol because I know I didn’t cover all of it:
This recipe adapted from the Detoxinista, is extremely delicious are are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! These cinnamon rolls tastes just like the real thing with a bread like texture. These rolls are quick to make as far as cinnamon rolls are concerned and are perfect for weekend mornings. You can also make these and keep in the refrigerator…just make sure to heat them up slightly before devouring! (undertake them for more gooey rolls…mmmmmm…my favorite!)

The Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls

Servings 12 Servings


  • Dough:
  • 1 1/2 c arrowroot starch
  • 1/2c+ 2 Tbs coconut flour
  • 2 eggs or 2 gelatin eggs for AIP for the 1 gelatin eggs mix 1 Tbs. warm water and 1 Tbs. gelatin, then stir in 2 Tbs. hot water using a whisk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or honey for AIP
  • 1/2 c warm water + 1 Tbs yeast + a little honey let stand for 5-7 minutes
  • 1/4 c melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract omit for AIP
  • 2-3 Tbs milk of choice I used coconut milk
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 to 3/4 c to 3/4 c. applesauce
  • 3-4 Tbs honey
  • ground cinnamon
  • Frosting/Drizzle:
  • 2 Tbs coconut butter
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients for the dough together.
  3. Add all the wet ingredients for the dough through vanilla extract and mix.
  4. If the dough is crumbly add milk 1 Tbs at a time until the dough comes together (you don't want a super sticky a dough).
  5. Either refrigerate the dough until firmer or dump out right away onto a piece of parchment paper or a reusable silicon baking mat (I roll mine out right away and don't have any issues).
  6. Using your hands press the dough out into a long rectangle about a 1/4 inch thick. You may want to use water on your hands while pressing out the dough to prevent the dough from sticking.
  7. For the filling spread the apple sauce on the top of the dough first followed by drizzling the honey or mix the applesauce and the honey together first and then spread on top of the dough.
  8. Sprinkle a generous about of cinnamon on top of the applesauce/honey to cover completely.
  9. Using the parchment paper or silicon baking mat roll the rectangle into a log at the longest edge.
  10. Using a knife (I may have used a bread knife), slice the log into 12 pieces.
  11. Place the rolls into a greased 8x8 baking dish (could also baking in a cupcake tin).
  12. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  13. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  14. Remove the rolls from the oven and let cool.
  15. While the rolls are cooling melt the coconut butter in the microwave and stir in the honey..
  16. Top the rolls with the frosting by spreading it on or drizzle.
  17. Best while eaten warm after they are baked. You can also place in an airtight container and store in the fridge. Heat in the microwave before eating for 25 seconds.
  18. Enjoy the grain, egg, nut, and dairy free deliciousness!
The Best AIP Cinnamon Rolls




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  1. Svetlana | 28th Oct 17

    You mention yeast in this Cinnamon Roll recipe. Is this nutritional yeast (that’s basically like cheese for us AIP’ers), because the regular yeast is basically gluten, which we can’t have.

  2. aeishen | 13th Aug 17

    OH MY GOODNESS these are SO good and really do taste like I’m eating the real deal! This is a game changer! Thank you so much!

  3. Debbie | 13th May 17

    Hi, this recipe looks fabulous. I was curious if you might have any suggestions for substitutions for the coconut flour? I’m currently reacting to it and eggs. ;( if not no worries, but I thought I would ask just in case. Thanks in advance. Debbie

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